Introduction

Attorney Douglas B. Dougherty ("Doug") has practiced law for approximately thirty years. He is certified as a Specialist in Family Relations Law by the Ohio State Bar Association. His practice is limited to cases involving divorce, dissolution, and other family law matters.

My Philosophy - Personal Notes from Doug

"Lawsuits and legal problems are frequently difficult. However, a good lawyer can make a huge difference."

"A good lawyer is a strong advocate for his or her client and a good person. I treat everyone with respect and courtesy. This includes my clients, the opposing parties, and the opposing attorneys."

"I work very hard to settle all of my cases without a trial. I probably settle approximately 95% of my cases. Regarding the cases that must go to trial, I work extremely hard to achieve a good result at a reasonable cost for my client."

Experience

Attorney Dougherty has argued and won in the Supreme Court of Ohio and in numerous Ohio courts of appeal. He has handled thousands of family law cases. He has successfully represented clients at trials and hearings in many counties throughout the State of Ohio.

Knowledge and Ethics

Doug's skills have been recognized by judges and other attorneys. In a private peer review survey, conducted by the nation's leading lawyer ranking organization (LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell), Doug has repeatedly received the highest possible ranking regarding his knowledge of the law and his legal ethics. He has also repeatedly been named one of "Ohio's Top Lawyers" by Columbus CEO magazine and as a "Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.

Articles and Presentations

He has written articles and given presentations for the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, the Columbus Legal Aid Society, and many other organizations. He is a frequent speaker at seminars for lawyers and non-lawyers. He has spoken and written on numerous family law topics. His articles and presentations are listed below.

Professional Leadership

Attorney Dougherty served as the Chairman of the Family Law Committee of the Columbus Bar Association. As the chairman, he was responsible for various lawyer education projects. He was recognized as the Columbus Bar Association's outstanding committee chairman and was given the President's Award for his "outstanding leadership" abilities.

Professional Organizations

Doug is a member of the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and Columbus Bar Association.

Mediation Work

In addition to working as an attorney, Doug also works as a mediator. His mediation practice is limited to family law matters. As a mediator, he works with both parties to reach a quick and fair agreement and to avoid unnecessary expenses and litigation.

Expert Witness Work

Doug also works as an expert witness in legal malpractice cases involving family law matters. As an expert witness, Doug has worked for private parties and for a professional liability insurance company.

Charitable Work

Attorney Dougherty began his career as a legal aid attorney. He has continued to help the less fortunate by volunteering his services to assist the Ohio Poverty Law Center, the Columbus Legal Aid Society, and various private organizations.

Media Appearances

He has appeared on various television and radio programs to discuss family law issues. He recently was a guest on the National Public Radio program "On Point." His topic was "The Revolution in Alimony and Spousal Support Law."

Supreme Court Video

To view a video of Attorney Dougherty arguing a case in the Supreme Court of Ohio, click here.

Personal Information

Doug is married and has two sons. He is a lifelong resident of Upper Arlington, Ohio. He enjoys reading and various sports including scuba diving and snow skiing.

Areas of Practice

Divorce, Dissolution and Legal Separation
Property and Debt Division - Business Interests
Property and Debt Division - Professional Practices
Property and Debt Division - Complex Assets
Spousal Support (Alimony)
High Income and Significant Assets
Child Custody, Visitation, Shared Parenting, and Child Support
Domestic Violence - Protection Orders
Domestic Torts - Money Damages
Premarital Planning and Prenuptial Agreements
Appeals and Objections

Litigation Percentage

5% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

Certified Specialist, Ohio Family Relations Law (First Year Specialist Certification Was Granted), Ohio State Bar Association, 2000

"AV" Peer Review Rating (Highest Rating for Legal knowledge and Ethics), LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2005

"Super Lawyer" Peer Review Rating (top 5% of all family law attorneys in Ohio), Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010

Bar Admissions

Ohio, 1980
U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1980

Education

Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, Ada, Ohio
J.D. - 1980
Honors: Member, National Moot Court Team
Honors: Dean's List (Various Semesters)

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
B.A. - 1977
Honors: Member, National Debate Team
Honors: Dean's List (Various Quarters)
Major: Arts and Sciences

Published Works

Protecting Your Right to Appeal in Domestic Relations Cases,
Ohio State Bar Association, Advanced Topics in Family Law Seminar, 2012
An Introduction to Handling Civil Appeals in the Supreme Court of Ohio,
Columbus Bar Association, New Lawyers Committee, 2011
Basic Divorce Procedure Law in Ohio, Columbus Bar Association,
New Lawyer Training Program, 2010
Fisher v. Hasenjager: The Evolution of Shared Parenting Jurisprudence in Ohio,
Ohio State Bar Association, Advanced Family Law Seminar, 2008
Digging the "Dirt" in Divorce: Handling Real Property Issues in Divorce,
Columbus Bar Association, Real Property Law Institute, 2007
Protecting Your Business in a Divorce,
Columbus CEO Magazine, 2007
Handling Dissolutions in Franklin County,
Columbus Legal Aid Society, 2006
Hope for the Best But Prepare for the Worst: Basic Rules Regarding the Use of Pre- Marital Agreements to Plan for Divorce,
Columbus Bar Association, 2006
The New "Property:" Dealing With Social Security Retirement Benefits in Divorce Cases,
Columbus Bar Association, 2004
Creeping Toward Rationality: Determining Child Support in High Income Cases,
Columbus Bar Association, 2004
Almost as Despicable as the Act Itself: Dealing With False Allegations of Child Abuse in Custody Cases,
Columbus Bar Association, 2002
Child Support: the Good, the Bad, and the Just Plain Weird,
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations, Office of Mediation Services, 2002
When "Shared" Isn't Shared: Determination of Child Support in Shared Parenting Cases,
Columbus Bar Association, 2001
Protecting and Perfecting Your Family Law Case for Appeal,
Ohio State Bar Association, Annual Convention, 2000
Valuation of Businesses in Divorce and Dissolution Cases,
National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, 1999
The Law of Parental Alienation in Ohio, Columbus Bar Association, 1999
Handling Appeals in Domestic Relations Cases,
Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, 1999
Now You See It - Now You Don't: Transmutation and Tracing of Separate Property,
Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, 1998
The Rich Are Different: Computation of Child Support in High Income Cases,
Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, 1996
Preparation of the Initial Complaint, Motions, and Responsive Pleadings in a Divorce Action,
Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, 1994
How to Make High Quality Requests for Computer-Assisted Legal Research,
Clearinghouse Review, 1982

Classes/Seminars

Protecting Your Right to Appeal in Domestic Relations Cases,
Ohio State Bar Association, Advanced Topics in Family Law Seminar, 2012 - Present
An Introduction to Handling Civil Appeals in the Supreme Court of Ohio,
Columbus Bar Association, New Lawyers Committee, 2011 - Present
Basic Divorce Procedure Law in Ohio, Columbus Bar Association,
New Lawyer Training Program, 2010
Cross-Examining the Psychologist in Child Custody Cases,
Ohio Poverty Law Center, 2009
The Evolution of Shared Parenting Jurisprudence in Ohio,
Ohio State Bar Association Seminar, Advanced Topics in Family Law Seminar, 2008
Handling Real Property Issues in Divorce,
Columbus Bar Association, Real Property Law Institute seminar, 2007
Handling Dissolutions in Franklin County,
Columbus Legal Aid Society, 2006
Basic Rules Regarding the Use of Pre-marital Agreements to Plan for Divorce,
Columbus Bar Association Seminar, 2006
Dealing With Social Security Retirement Benefits in Divorce Cases,
Columbus Bar Association, 2004
Determining Child Support in High Income Cases,
Columbus Bar Association, 2004
Dealing With False Allegations of Child Abuse in Custody Cases,
Columbus Bar Association, 2002
Child Support: the Good, the Bad, and the Just Plain Weird,
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations, Office of Mediation Services, 2002
Determination of Child Support in Shared Parenting Cases,
Columbus Bar Association, 2001
Protecting and Perfecting Your Family Law Case for Appeal,
Ohio State Bar Association, Annual Convention, 2000
Valuation of Businesses in Divorce and Dissolution Cases,
National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, 1999
Parental Alienation in Ohio,
Columbus Bar Association, 1999
Handling Appeals in Domestic Relations Cases,
Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, 1999
Transmutation and Tracing of Separate Property,
Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, 1998
Computation of Child Support in High Income Cases,
Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, 1996
Preparation of the Initial Complaint, Motions, and Responsive Pleadings in a Divorce Action,
Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, 1994
Instructor, Family Law Issues, Center for New Directions, various dates

Honors and Awards

Super Lawyer, Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010 to Present
Ohio's Top Lawyers, Columbus CEO magazine, 2010 to Present
President's Award Committee Chairperson, Columbus Bar Association, 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association, Member
Ohio State Bar Association, Member
Columbus Bar Association, Member
Columbus Bar Association, Chairman, Family Law Committee, 2004 - 2006

Past Employment Positions

Douglas B. Dougherty and Associates, Principal Attorney, 1985 - 2005
Robert C. Paxton and Associates, Associate Attorney, 1982 - 1984
Ohio State Legal Services Association, Staff Attorney, 1980 - 1982

Pro Bono Activities

Interfaith Legal Clinic, Volunteer Attorney, provided free legal information and legal advice to low-income clients
Ohio Poverty Law Center, Instructor, taught course regarding family law issues
Columbus Legal Aid Society, Author and Instructor, created materials and taught course regarding family law issues
Columbus Bar Association, Member, Committee on Pro Bono Representation
Center for New Directions, Author and Instructor, created materials and taught courses regarding family law issues

Ancillary Businesses

Mediation - In Matters Involving Divorce, Dissolution, and other Family Law Issues
Expert Witness - In Matters Involving Divorce, Dissolution, and other Family Law Issues